GOP congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks vowed to work for meaningful tax reform, sharply contrasting primary opponent Peter Teahen's recent assertion that Americans are stuck with the current system for decades.
When discussing a question about the nation's current economic condition at an Iowa Federation of College Republicans gathering in Des Moines on Saturday, Teahen said tax reform is not a viable solution because it is something that would "take 20 to 25 years."
"Hard-working Americans already spend too many hours and too much money preparing tax returns each year and spend far too many days each years working to pay their federal tax burden," Miller-Meeks said. "We need someone who's committed to going to Congress to change the system, not accept the status quo. Peter's passive response means he's willing to sentence Americans to 25 years to life in a system that stifles and penalizes productivity and hurts American families and businesses. I'm not willing to accept his suggestion that the current system is the best we can do."
Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa ophthalmologist, said she would make permanent the tax cuts enacted in President Bush's first term. She also favors a move to an optional flat tax.
"Taxpayers could remain under the current system or choose the simpler approach, whichever best fits their needs. That's one way to start us on a path to real reform," she said. "I know the issue is already a top concern for many Iowans, especially this time of the year, and I look forward to meeting with voters across the district to get their suggestions. One thing I already know is that we need to elect leadership that will lead instead of surrender on our priorities. That's exactly what I'll do."